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Reading suggestions from the book piles of Penguin Random House staff.

It’s an enormous thrill to be able to read books before they hit the shelves. And, let’s face it, it’s why many Penguin Random House staffers are in the publishing business to begin with. Words spread pretty fast around here, so every month we whip around the offices to ask what everyone is reading. These are some of our current favourites.

Popular Our Picks books (9)

  • A dark, enduring vision of the future - now a major new TV series

  • The long-awaited and highly anticipated new novel from one of Australia’s most beloved bestselling authors.

  • Media star Jamila Rizvi’s exploration of the confidence deficit holding women back, the barriers to career success this can create, and how they might be overcome. Accessible and timely, this is essential reading for millennial women.

  • Bad things happen. Fight to make things right. Or let it wreck your life.

  • The story of a nineteenth century court case involving Thomas Guthrie Carr, a notorious, larger-than-life character who made his living as a mesmerist, phrenologist, public speaker and some say charlatan.

  • A classic slice of Southern Gothic, shot through with psychological suspense - now the basis for Sofia Coppola's highly anticipated new film starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst.

  • A Life Underwater is the extraordinary memoir of marine biologist Charlie Veron, a maverick Australian who transformed our understanding of coral reefs.

  • A reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ set amongst the passions and tragedies of the Pre-Raphaelite circle of artists and poets.

  • The moving and uplifting story of Juniper Lemon, as she navigates the holes that have been torn in her world by her big sister's sudden death - and the mysteries that Camilla left behind.

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